Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 3, 2012

Bresnan could rejoin England squad in UAE

Tim Bresnan could rejoin the England squad in the UAE within the next 48 hours if he passes an extensive fitness test.

Bresnan, 26, underwent surgery on an elbow injury in early December, but suffered discomfort when bowling in the nets at the start of England's tour of the UAE and it was decided to send him home before the Test series against Pakistan began. He underwent a fitness test at Headingley on Thursday and will have another on Friday to ascertain how he has recovered and whether he is up to the rigours of international cricket.

If he is deemed to have come through those tests successfully, Bresnan could fly back to the UAE as early as Saturday. He will then bowl in the nets in front of the England management before any decision is made over his inclusion in the squads for the limited-overs leg of the tour. The squad is scheduled to be named towards the end of the third Test between England and Pakistan currently taking place in Dubai. England are scheduled to play four ODIs and three T20Is in the UAE.

The news will also boost England's hopes of including Bresnan in the squad that plays two Tests in Sri Lanka from March 26. That squad will not be named until nearer the end of the current tour of the UAE.

Bresnan has become a fixture of the side in all three formats of the game. England have won all ten of the Tests in which he has played and his batting ability also offers them the potential of playing a five-man bowling attack with Matt Prior batting at six and Bresnan - who averages 45 in Test cricket - at seven.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dom on February 6, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    JG2704 has summed it up nicely: England are best keeping Bresnan until he's fit. By the end of this tour we will know whch of the six batsmen to omit. Both Broad and Anderson have bowled tightly of dangerously most of the time. Panesaar and Swann have contributed. Morgan, Bell, and Petersen seem out of sorts.

  • John on February 4, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (February 04 2012, 10:33 AM GMT) Hello. I think you may have also posted at me re another subject which was closed by the time I saw your response. Re Bres - I suppose it's a case of getting the balance right between getting some practice in and overdoing it. Still say 5 man attack is the way to go and surely they could have done with the extra bowler today and I worry even more about Broad and Jimmy's workloads now. Re the post re Kieswetter possibly coming into the test fray - if it was you that posted to me - I guess it depends how his county form goes in the next year or so. Hildreth (also from Somerset) looked next in line for an England call up but had a bad 2011 and may well have blown it. I also think England are loathed to drop their batsmen no matter how badly they perform whereas re their bowlers - Finn a prime example - They seem to think that they can turn on and off their form like a switch.

  • Mark on February 4, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    JG, maybe they need him to get some cricket before the Tests in Sri Lanka? I would agree that risking him is a bad idea if he is not 100%, but if his recovery is complete, which it should be by now, I would much rather have Tim Bresnan in the squad than Jade Dernbach.

  • John on February 3, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Don't rush back Bres. The one dayers and T20s are nowhere near as important as the Sri Lankan leg of the tour. I wonder if England would finally actually consider playing 5 bowlers if Bres was available

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Its useless now, in my opinion. or too late now, becuase English are under pshchological pressure so far, which was very much clear after today's game. Pakistan went bowled out for 99, is based upon some planning (For Winning This Test Also), but English 104/6, is quite awsome to see. Most Competitive sessions expected in ODIs & T20 for English. I may jst say "Good Luck English".

  • Mark on February 3, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Quite probably everyone save Eoin Morgan and Steve Finn will welcome this news. Poor old Finny: he can't buy a game now. Even when Chris Tremlett and Time Bresnan go lame he is still unable to get in the side. And then there is a whole scrum of bowlers including Shazad and Woakes waiting behind. Certainly though, with Monty in the side, Tim Bresnan improves the balance but, would he replace Anderson or Broad in a 4-man attack?? Somehow I think not.

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